National Geographic : 1953 Dec
743 Photnoraphs by Carl II. Cloudy, Sr. A Powered Aviation Suffers Its First Fatality: Lt. Selfridge, U. S. Army, Dies at Fort Myer A shattered propeller brought Orville Wright's 1908 Army demonstrations to an abrupt end. The plane crashed from a height of about 125 feet. Orville suffered severe shock and fractures. His passenger, Lt. Thomas E. Selfridge, died of a fractured skull, the first person to lose his life in an airplane accident. Here an Army sergeant directs rescue operations while Maj. George O. Squier (in straw hat), Acting Chief Signal Officer, approaches. Carl H. Claudy, Sr., distinguished writer, took these historic photographs for the New York Herald. y Evening sky silhouettes the Wright Flyer circling Fort Myer in a successful 1909 demonstration.